Maine Government News
Governor Announces Nominations
March 3, 2009
AUGUSTA - Governor John E. Baldacci today announced appointments to three boards: the University of Maine System Trustees; the Harness Racing Commission; and the Board of Pesticides Control.
Eleanor M. Baker and Kevin P. McCarthy are being appointed to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.
Baker is a principal at Baker Newman Noyes. A founder of the company, Baker had served with KPMG, which had been acquired by Baker Newman Noyes in 1995. She had been with KPMG since 1977. Baker, a Cape Elizabeth resident, has served on the Maine Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission. She has also served on the Board of Visitors of the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine Law School. Baker has served on the Board of the University of Maine Foundation. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Maine, her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, and an LL.M. in taxation from Boston University.
McCarthy, of Falmouth, is the president and CEO of Unum Group. He has been with the company for 30 years. McCarthy has served as a director on a number of boards, including the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. He had served as Chair of the Advisory Council for the University of Southern Maine School of Business. McCarthy is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine.
“I am confident that these talented individuals will promote the University of Maine System and highlight why Maine is a great place for students to learn and to build a career,” said Governor Baldacci.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall operation, maintenance, and supervision of the University of Maine System. The Board is the entity that approves the establishment and elimination of academic programs, confers tenure on faculty members, and sets tuition rates and operating budgets.
Governor Baldacci is reappointing Sidney Todd Bradley, of Easton, to the Harness Racing Commission. Bradley has served on the commission since 2007. He is employed at the Maine Farmers Exchange. Bradley has 20 years of experience in the harness racing industry as an owner, trainer and breeder. He has served on the Maine Potato Board and currently serves on the Easton School Board, where he is vice-chair.
Curtis Bohlen, of Yarmouth, is a new appointment to the Board of Pesticides Control. Bohlen is director of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership. He has served as a research scientist and independent consultant, and has taught environmental policy courses at Colby College and Bates College. Bohlen currently serves on the Board of Directors of Maine Rivers and had served from 2004 to 2007 on the Board of the Androscoggin River Alliance. He earned a B.S. and an M.S. at Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University.
The nominations must be reviewed by the respective committees of oversight of the above boards and commissions and confirmed by the Senate.